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  • Militants seize biggest refinery in Iraq; oil price spikes

    June 18, 2014 8:08 PM 6

    LONDON — Iraq’s biggest oil refinery fell to Islamic militants yesterday, said refinery workers, eyewitnesses and an Iraqi army officer who fled the scene, stoking worries about oil exports as some firms pulled foreign oil workers out of the country. Iraq is the second-biggest producer in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and the fresh

  • Congress skeptical about GM changes

    June 18, 2014 6:58 PM 9

    Mary Barra had a tough time Wednesday convincing Congress that General Motors is changing fast enough to make safer cars. The automaker's CEO testified before a House panel about the results of a company probe into the decade-long delay in recalling 2.6 million vehicles with a faulty ignition switch. The problem has been blamed for at least 13 deaths

  • Republicans fume at plan to try Benghazi suspect Ahmed Abu Khattala in U.S. court

    June 18, 2014 6:37 PM 6

    WASHINGTON — The capture of an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, gave U.S. officials a rare moment of good news. Now, they are preparing to try the captured Libyan in the U.S. court system and pledging to double down on catching others responsible for the deaths of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans

  • GM CEO Mary Barra Testifies At House Hearing On Ignition Switch Recall

    June 18, 2014 5:05 PM 7

    WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 18: Pictures of people killed in GM cars with defected key switches, were put on a ledge by family members while General Motors CEO Mary Barra testifies during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on June 18, 2014 in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony on GM's internal recall investigation


    June 18, 2014 4:27 PM 2

    JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia – Turkish foreign minister reiterated his concern over the recent developments in Iraq as unrest expands in the country causing a mass displacement of civilians since June 10. Militants led by the self pro-claimed Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) have extended their reach across Iraq. Ahmet Davutoglu speaking at the foreign

  • Libya demands return of Benghazi suspect, slams US raid as attack on sovereignty

    June 18, 2014 4:07 PM 5

    ARCHIVE PHOTO: A file picture taken on September 11, 2012 shows an armed man waving his rifle as buildings and cars are engulfed in flames after being set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi (AFP Photo / STR) Following the capture of the suspected ringleader behind the 2012 attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi, the Libyan government

  • Mideast in need of a delicate balancing act

    June 18, 2014 4:02 PM 6

    The recent gains made by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) confirms that, more than a decade after the war in Iraq began, stability in the Middle East remains on a knife’s edge. Isil — with its transnational commitment to a caliphate that encompasses vast swaths of territory from western Syria to central Iraq — exemplifies the interrelated

  • Boko Haram suspected after football screening venue bombed in Nigeria

    June 18, 2014 3:51 PM 4

    Kano: Boko Haram militants were on Wednesday suspected of carrying out a deadly bomb attack against football fans watching the World Cup in northern Nigeria, in the latest violence targeting the game. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast in the Nayi-Nama area of Damaturu on Tuesday night but the Islamists have previously carried

  • Spain's king quits throne, flags out for new reign

    June 18, 2014 3:40 PM 9

    The 76-year-old Juan Carlos, who led Spain from dictatorship to democracy but was later hurt by scandals, steps down in a short, solemn ceremony in the late afternoon at Madrid's old Royal Palace before 150 guests. He will sign an act of parliament clearing the way for Felipe, 46, to assume mostly ceremonial role in the first royal succession of the post-Franco

  • Boat sinks off western Malaysia, 66 feared drowned

    June 18, 2014 3:07 PM 5

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: A boat carrying 97 people from Indonesia sank off the western coast of Malaysia and 66 of the passengers are still missing, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said on Wednesday. The passengers included women and children and the boat was not fit for a sea voyage, said Muhammad Zuri, an official with the Malaysian Maritime